Jillian Ursu, the Logistics Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child in Estevan, "We had another great year, for Operation Christmas Child. Estevan and area were very generous again, this year as we had a total of 980 shoe boxes come in."
Ursu had this to say about all the support, "We couldn't do this without all the support of all the different organizations, and groups. Church groups, school groups, that packed shoe boxes every year. There are tons of individuals who do it, but it takes a whole bunch of people together to pack this many shoe boxes. It's really quite wonderful to see."
"I don't really know if we had a goal, I like to try and aim for what we had the year before. And we didn't quite reach that this year, but the economy is down and there are so many different, awesome charities to support around this time of year. So I can understand how hard it is to decide where to support," in regards to if they reached their goal.
Ursu was very appreciative, "We were super thankful for the volunteers that helped both during the week, to be here so that people could bring in their shoe boxes and then tonight with the Bruins who helped load all of the shoe boxes onto the truck, and they did it in just over 5 minutes and they are awesome every year at helping load our cartons for us."
Mark your calendars for next year, "Operation Christmas Child is usually always the third week in November, so it will be that week again next year. So the campaign will get up in running in October sometime. And that's when people can get their shoe boxes and start packing early if they would like."
980 boxes is a great amount for the 25th Anniversary of the programs, driving away and being transported all throughout the world, and if you would like more information on what happens to your shoe box you can check out https://www.discoverestevan.com/local/operation-christmas-child-in-full-swing.